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    Getting out there again in face of the pandemic

    An angler walking across a Bahamian flat.

    Social distancing, Bahamas style. Chris Hunt photo. When the pandemic hit home last spring — when the reality of lockdowns, quarantines and an alarming rise in infections turned our world upside down — I knew the first thing I would miss would be going places. I love to travel. I don't so much love climbing…

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    Caption contest winner announced

    "Morning Ralph. Morning Sam." This may be dating me, but the winner of our recent photo caption contest totally took me back to the Saturday mornings I spent devouring giant bowls of cereal and watching old Warner Bros. Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons while my parents slept. Back then, kids, cartoons only aired on…

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    Have you found your favorite Zoom attire?

    I don’t know about you all, but I’m about “Zoomed” out. I will say, however, that the upside of virtual meetings is that I haven’t worn dress slacks in over a year.  I’ve even taken a shine to wearing T-shirts that make subtle statements, depending on whom I’m meeting with online. Top choices now include some old…

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    Going back to the vest

    We've all been there — water lapping at the top of our waders, shallower water a few feet distant but the spot directly in front maybe just a few inches too deep. During a recent outing I stood waist-deep in a chilly run, wondering if I needed to turn around and wade back into the…

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    Kids should fish wet flies for a reason

    In our family, we had an informal rule about kids fishing on their own—you started out by fishing wet flies downstream, and once you reached a certain age, you got to turn upstream and fish dry flies. It was a tiny, gentle river, really, and there was always an adult looking on, even if we didn’t…

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    The Woolly Bugger … more than just a streamer

    A Woolly Bugger in the vise.

    The good, old Woolly Bugger is likely the first fly those new to fly tying craft at the vise, and I don’t know any anglers who don’t have ‘Buggers in their fly boxes. In fact, I know anglers who have entire boxes dedicated solely to the tried-and-true streamer. But the Woolly Bugger is so much…